April 20, 2015

Today, people gathered outside of the Federal Court of Appeals in Toronto in support of the hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut who are asking the court to prevent seismic testing from happening in their traditional hunting areas off the coast of Baffin Island.  The 900-person hamlet is up against the National Energy Board and several multinational corporations who are looking for oil and gas deposits under the seabed. Communities in the area are concerned about how testing would affect the seals, narwhal, and fish that are staples of their traditional diet.

Seismic testing uses air guns to blast the water every 15 seconds 24 hours a day and can severely impact the hearing and migration patterns of marine mammals and even cause death.  

April 20, 2015

Kamloops chapter

The Council of Canadians Kamloops chapter is planning a 40th annual walk for peace in their city.

Kamloops News reports, "Organizer Anita Strong says it will be a celebration of the work done by local peace, social, and environmental advocates. 'It is heartening to see so many local groups supporting this year’s walk', said Strong, chair of the local chapter of the Council of Canadians. 'Many are drawn to the event to oppose the Canadian government which stubbornly continues to wage war, degrade environmental protections, and promote inequality.'"

April 20, 2015

Maude and MerkelCouncil of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is in Berlin today for a panel discussion with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The panel is part of a G7 Civil Society Dialogue Forum being hosted by the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development, VENRO (the Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs) and the German G7 presidency.

April 20, 2015
Site C
Site C would impact seven First Nations in British Columbia that are signatories to Treaty 8, an 1899 treaty that also includes First Nations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Treaty 8 First Nations will be in court this Thursday (April 23) for a preliminary hearing on their challenge against the Site C dam and the cumulative impacts of industrial development on their territories.

April 19, 2015

Council of Canadians chapters are continuing to oppose the Harper government's Bill C-51.

CTV reports, "Protesters gathered in cities across Canada on Saturday to rally against the government's proposed anti-terror legislation, just days before the bill could face a final vote in the House of Commons. ...The controversial legislation was introduced by the Conservative government in January, and is now headed for its third and final reading before the House when Parliament resumes next week."

At least six Council of Canadians chapters took part in yesterday's protests. They were the Hamilton, Windsor-Essex, London, Sudbury, Fredericton and Moncton chapters.